Wednesday, October 22, 2014

God shows up and shows off

Yesterday was an awesome day.  I taught preschool, Mike went to work, the kids went to school and on the outside life looked pretty mundane.

But yesterday God showed off in a pretty big way.  I have been praying very hard for an acquaintance and yesterday out of the blue this sweet gal approached me and we had the best chat about her relationship with God.  She had no idea that I had been praying for her and her family and out of the blue and right there on an ordinary Tuesday we chatted about God.  Pretty remarkable stuff. 

I found this picture on my phone from our Winston-Salem trip this past weekend.  Hilarious! 

Another picture from our trip?  Where is my little girl??  She looks so grown up in this picture. 
Okay, back to my God shows off in an amazing way on an ordinary Tuesday story.  David has in the past had major sensory issues from his neck up.  He has hated anything that has had to do with his face, hair and neck like teeth brushing, hair cutting and combing, face washing, etc...
Just a week ago he conquered the haircut issue and for the first time in his life got a real haircut at a barber shop!! We were so excited and so proud of our dude.  He is so proud of how much of a big boy he is, that he now insists to wear layers of deodorant a day.  Ha!

Yesterday on a normal Tuesday, God was with us at the dentist with David and he allowed his teeth to be cleaned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He loves Dr. Bill (Dr. Bill Thompson in Chilhowie for local folks) and he allowed Alice to clean his teeth, do a flouride treatment, and do a panoramic xray!  I love this picture because not only can you see how awesome he is doing, but check out Mike holding his hand.  My heart can barely contain the joy.....

During the cleaning, Mike and I kept grabbing each other's hand in shock and excitement that our David, who has fought us some on simple teeth brushing, was letting Dr. Bill and Alice get in his mouth!  It must be all that manly deodorant he is putting on, but our David is growing up!  We are so proud of him.

Here he is doing the panoramic xray!!  Mind blowing stuff that only our God could have accomplished on a boring Tuesday. 
Not only did he walk out with sparkling clean teeth, but Dr. Bill reported that David only has one tiny little cavity on the backside of a tooth.  It is a baby tooth so we may or may not have to have it filled.  David is going to go to the orthodontist for a consult for some teeth alignment issues.  Considering how much chemo David has had, how many mouth sores during chemo that kept us from brushing for weeks at a time while in the hospital, and how long it has been since a good cleaning, it is a miracle from God that he only has one teeny little cavity.  I wanted to shout praises from the rooftop when I left the dentist yesterday.  Only our God could have calmed David's sensory issues, blessed us with Dr. Bill and Alice, and protected David's teeth during cancer treatment. 
Yep, only our God would show off and bless us on a normal and boring Tuesday.  Amen.

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Buddy Walk!

Down Syndrome Creed
Author Unknown

My face may be different
But my feelings the same
I laugh and I cry
And I take pride in my gains

I was sent here among you
To teach you to love
As God in heaven
Looks down from above.

To Him I'm no different
His love knows no bounds
It's those here among you
 in cities in towns
That judge me by standards
That man has imparted
But this family I have chosen
Will help me get started

For I'm one of the children
So special and few
That came here to learn
That same lessons as you

That love is acceptance
It must come from the heart
We all have the same purpose
Though not the same start

The Lord gave me life
To live and embrace
And I'll do as you do
But at my own pace.

Thank you to the special and wonoderful souls who came to walk with us yesterday to celebrate our kids who are "fearfully and wonderfully" made by God. 

This is a wonderful community for our children because they are so loved, accepted, and valued for how God made them.  Thank you dear friends for loving our children like we do. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Beautiful day at Wake Forest

Last year we got to experience a special game day experience at UVA called Special Spectators. It is an amazing non-profit group that offers seriously ill children a gameday experience. When we got to do experience Special Spectators at UVA, we visited the locker room, got to go on the field, etc... After seeing the joy from my children I knew that we as a family had to get involved. You can read about our day here:

After our experience at UVA with Special Spectators we were able to host other families at Virginia Tech. Read about that amazing day here

Today our family got to host four other families at nearby Wake Forest University for a wonderful day with children from Brenner's Children Hospital with serious medical issues. We left Marion before 7a.m. to get to our tailgate spot to meet our families.  It was a gorgeous day in Winstson-Salem and the kids with our group could have cared less that Wake Forest lost-they had a great day!!

Our first stop was for the Deacon walk.  Hope jumped up into her big brother's arms because she was scared of the Deacon mascot!  Ha!

Here are several of our families that we met today and got to spend a whole day with.  These families were amazing and so grateful for such a special day.  Red, Hot and Blue catered our tailgate and it was awesome kid-friendly food. 

The boys in our group were so excited when the team bus pulled up and the football players got off of the bus.  The band, cheerleaders, and fans line the walk that they walk through.  A Wake Forest official was so kind to make sure our kiddos got a good spot to see the team. 
Several of our families watching the team walk in. 

This was one of my favorite moments of the day.  The head football coach was walking in with the players.  He did not speak to any other fans, but he came right up to Joshua and spoke to him and loved on him a little bit.  It was precious and very sincere.  Well done coach! 

After the pep rally and Deacon walk, Wake Forest had several inflatables and such for the kids.  The boys in our group loved this inflatable football toss.  What fun!

Hope was petrified of the Deacon, but not David!  Ha!

This is Mike with Jace.  I looked down and saw my man holding a two year old so he could get a better view during the opening of the game, and I realized that God had given me a good man.  We both had a wonderful time with the kids and the families.  Jace and his brother J-mee are leaving Winston Salem next week to move to Florida so their Daddy can train for the 2016 Olympics!  Jace and his brother J-mee will be on our hearts for a long time.  Precious boys.

All the kids in our group loved the President of Wake Forest and the Deacon riding into the game on a motorcycle!  The stadium at Wake Forest is beautiful!!
What a wonderful day hosting and meeting families from Brenner's Children's Hospital.  As a Mom of a child that fought cancer and has special needs, I find kindred spirits when I volunteer with this amazing organizaiton.  It is our pleasure to help give other families a wonderful college game day experience like what we experienced at UVA.  We are all tired and a little sunburned, but our hearts are full!  Thanks Special Spectators for another wonderful day.